When Sheila Heaton, a 10th grade biology teacher at Baker High School, was asked to teach the senior level Math Science Technology course, she wanted to give students a hands-on project. She also wanted to incorporate the district's new wellness initiative.
"When I was a kid growing up in Massena, I enjoyed doing the fitness trail at Potsdam," Heaton said. "I thought that would be a great project for the kids to work on."
The class started with body systems, heart rate and exercise, then each student designed a fitness trail. Heaton and fellow MST teacher Jason Lloyd presented the proposals to the Baldwinsville School board and were excited when the board approved their request.
"They wholeheartedly agreed this would fit into wellness," Heaton said.
Working with Baldwinsville's Athletic Director Bruce Quimby, the vision came to fruition this summer.
The one-mile long, 10-station course begins behind Baker and loops around Elden Elementary School and Durgee Junior High School, looping back to Baker. The equipment, ordered from Outdoor Fitness, targets all different muscle groups.
The trail was worth the effort as people have been using it.
"I've been playing tennis with my kids over the summer and there have been a lot of people using the trail," Heaton said.